Our Story

Hi we’re Darren & Sami and together we have opened Cwm By to share our combined love of food & drink with our community, as well as the constant trickle of visitors to the Llanrhaeadr Waterfall (Pistyll Rhaeadr) and the Berwyn Mountain range, both of which just a few miles away from us.

We serve proper coffee and food. Stuff that has been produced as locally as possible and sympathetically to our environment, all at an affordable price.

After a few false starts (we initially tried to open just as COVID hit the UK) we opened in our current form late 2021 and are looking to create a welcoming and relaxing meeting space where people catch-up over our fabulous coffee, read their book or simply grab some great food to go.

In time we hope to build a multi-generational business that is a source of employment as well as an outlet for locally produced food products.


Sami is a professional gardener and educator who is most happy with her hands in soil, either at her allotment or in her garden growing food.

A local lass raised in nearby Llanfyllin, after a spell in London and the South East as well as some international travel, she moved back to the area to raise her 3 children, the eldest of which has recently gone to University.

Darren is the archetypal geek, being – to quote Sami – ‘into computers & stuff, something about the internet anyway‘ – as well as photography and business.

Born in Bristol but having lived all over the country, he is delighted to be able to call Wales his home once again.

Darren is the founder of Siftware.

As a couple, we both share a love of being outdoors, preferably somewhere wild with bonus points for the ocean being nearby. Add in a bonfire, some camping and our family and friends into the mix; we’re in heaven.

We Believe

Good food doesn’t have to be pretentious, or expensive.

A lot of the mass-produced food that is available today is in reality simply made up of edible food like substances.

If you love to cook, how can you not care about where that food comes from? For us that means growing what we can and what we can’t grow we source as well as we can. Eating food that is as fresh, local & seasonal as possible.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants

Michael Pollan
Running the Snowdonia Marathon together in 2019